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Chicago Conservation Corps

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects.

If you have an interest in environmental issues and wish to make a difference in your neighborhood, get involved in one of C3’s programs.

Chicago Conservation Corps Leaders

Leaders participate in 20+ hours of training classes that equip them with a broad understanding of urban environmental challenges and opportunities. Local experts teach these classes, which cover environmental principles and skills in six subject areas: water, energy, green space, green health, waste & community organizing.

Making a difference
Following the classes, Leaders turn their learning into action by developing and leading environmental service projects in their communities with support from C3 Partners and staff. After the project is complete, the Leader is recognized at an annual Leader Graduation Celebration and is eligible to complete further Leader projects.

Fall 2014 Environmental Leadership Training Series

The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting adults for its Fall 2014 Environmental Leadership Training Series.

Attend an orientation in August to learn more by registering at the link below. To apply for the C3 Leadership Training Series, you must be a City of Chicago resident and attend one orientation. Training will take place Wednesdays, September 10 - October 8, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Idea Shop @ IIT (3340 S. Dearborn). For more infromation, visit or contact C3 at 773-755-5177 or A $75 fee covers course participation and project support. Financial assitance is available.     

Register for Orientation

Explorer Projects
C3 Explorer Projects are one-time environmental volunteer opportunities for Chicagoans who want to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods, but lack the time to commit to C3’s Environmental Leadership Training Program. Many of these projects are run in conjunction with C3’s Partner Organizations.  

Learn about upcoming events.

Are you a teacher? You might be interested in C3’s Student Clubs program.


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